Published Aug 26th 2006
A generic dunny mayfly
One day I was given this fly by a friend, but I only got one.
I found it nice and convincing and decided to put it away until tying time.
During the summer 2006 I fished it in Tuscany - Italy and lost it.
A few weeks ago my job took me to Jutland where I had a meeting close to some danish streams. I spent an afternoon with Ripley Davenport (known by regulars in the GFF forum and Pix section) at the banks of one of them. As it got darker we witnessed one of the most hysteric hatches I have ever seen. Duns crawled up and down our waders. Nymphs were emerging through the surface and duns penetrated the film to get to the buttom.
Photographing in the sparse light was difficult, but we got some pictures, which inspired me to take up this pattern again - before it escaped my memory.
I know the tail and color is not realistic in this specimen, but this is a generic pattern and it will probably show it's effectivness just the same.
CDC May Fly
|Hook||Dry Fly, ie. Partridge SLD.|
|Tail||Extended may fly body.|
|Body||Dry fly dubbing, light colurs mixed with a little bit of dark coloured.|
|Hackle||Brown or grizzle, parachute style.|
|Wing||Two bottom parts of cdc feathers.|
|Head||Darker dubbing mix.|
- Make 10 extended may fly bodies/tails or look through your materials to see if you got some pre-made ones.
- Attach the thread.
- Tie in the body/tail., Ajust the length.
- Tie in the two cdc-feathers. Secure them and tie them in up-right position.
- Stabilize the wing base
- Dub the body behind the wing.
- Tie in the hackle.
- Turn the hackle around the wing base.
- Secure the hackle making the thread follow the hackle 4-5 times.
- Dub the front body and head.
- Whip finish.
- Ajust the wing length.
- Tie 9 more.
- Go fishing.
Read more about how to make extended bodies here